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Evening Newscast 01-04-17

Jan 4, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican state lawmakers said today they will seek to reduce government agency spending by $120 million, with cuts that would go much deeper than what Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock proposes.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved constitutional initiative known as Marsy's Law will take effect July first. The law is intended to expand crime victim’s rights.

The U.S. House took a vote related to public lands yesterday that has Democrats and conservation groups crying foul. It’s part of a larger rules package that would change how Congress calculates the value of federal public lands when it comes to transferring them to states.

Evening Newscast 01-03-17

Jan 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The longest-serving president of the University of Montana, George Dennison, died this morning. 

Two people have been hospitalized after surviving an airplane crash in Sanders County.

Montana Senate Republicans are opposing efforts to give Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, a full six-year term in office.

Evening Newscast 01-02-17

Jan 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s 65th legislative session opened today. Republican and Democratic leaders say they plan to strengthen Montana's economy by creating better jobs.

The Missoulian reports that Montana does not store emails in state archives despite state laws that require emails of importance to be preserved.

Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam that critics say could kill off a dwindling population of Pallid Sturgeon - an endangered fish species that has survived in the Missouri River for 70 million years.

Evening Newscast 12-30-16

Dec 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's commissioner of political practices Jonathan Motl will remain in office until a state judge rules on a lawsuit seeking to keep him there a full six-year term.

The Bridger Bowl Ski Area near Bozeman is planning to complete a $5 million expansion by next summer to accommodate an increase in visitors.

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for the extreme cold temperatures coming next week. It’s now saying to expected higher wind speeds, mainly from Butte to Missoula Sunday morning, and now says higher winds can be expected to last into Tuesday morning.

Evening Newscast 12-29-16

Dec 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

There were two suicides in Great Falls over the Christmas holiday weekend. State lawmakers are bringing several bills related to suicide prevention in the 2017 legislative session that starts Monday.

A federal judge has denied Anaconda resident and Oregon wildlife refuge occupier Ryan Payne's request to withdraw his guilty plea.

The Bitterroot National Forest’s first, newly updated travel plan in forty years is facing its first legal challenge.

Evening Newscast 12-28-16

Dec 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A winter storm system could bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures across western Montana on Sunday.

The FBI is not actively seeking any suspects in the case of a Montana woman who was found dead in the trunk of her car in Spokane, Washington after telling her family she had been abducted from a rest stop north of Helena.

A series of public hearings will begin next week on a proposal to limit motorized watercraft use on nearly 50 western Montana river and stream segments.

Evening Newscast 12-27-16

Dec 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bipartisan group of Montana’s top elected officials today condemned a series of anti-Semitic, online attacks happening in Whitefish.

Great Falls State Senator Mary Sheehy-Moe says she plans to resign from the legislature in late January to help her daughter care for her infant triplets.

Another Democratic state lawmaker wants the state party’s nomination for Montana’s lone U.S House Seat.

Evening Newscast 12-23-16

Dec 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham


After putting in over 12 years and serving three governors, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department director Jeff Hagener retired this week.

Gov. Steve Bullock is urging Montana residents to reject the recent hateful speech against community members in Whitefish.

Evening Newscast 12-22-16

Dec 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Federal regulators today approved a billion dollar energy storage project in Meagher County. 

A school bus delivering kids home in Whitefish yesterday afternoon slipped off the edge of the road and flipped over.

More than a half-dozen Republicans have expressed interest in running for Congressman Ryan Zinke’s seat if he confirmed as Secretary of Interior next year. They include 29 year old state representative Daniel Zolnikov of Billings. The three-term state representative says that he is most concerned about the national debt.

Evening Newscast 12-21-16

Dec 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State representative-elect Amanda Curtis of Butte is the first Democrat to indicate interest in replacing Congressman Ryan Zinke if he is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior next year. She told MTN News today that she’s considering seeking her party’s nomination.

A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court says Wyoming is obligated to provide enough water to fill the Tongue River reservoir in southeastern Montana.

A lawsuit filed today seeks to keep Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl on the job until June 2019.